Martyn Ware

Martyn Ware portrait

Martyn Ware has written, performed and produced two Human League, two British Electric Foundation, and nine Heaven 17 albums. As a record producer and artist, he has featured on recordings totaling over 50 million sales worldwide, producing amongst others Tina Turner, Terence Trent D'Arby, Chaka Khan, Erasure, Marc Almond and Mavis Staples.

Ware is a musician, composer, producer, DJ, soundscapist and music technologist. In 1978 he formed The Human League, and in 1980 he formed the production company/label British Electric Foundation, and Heaven 17.

Ware founded Illustrious Company with Vince Clarke in 2001 to exploit the creative and commercial possibilities of their unique three-dimensional sound technology, in collaboration with fine artists, the performing arts and corporate clients around the world. Clients include: BP, the British Council, The Science Museum, The Royal Ballet, Amnesty International, the V&A Museum, Mute Records, BBC TV, the Royal Observatory Greenwich, BAFTA, Museum of London, Tate Britain. He created sonic architectural works in the British Pavilion at the Venice Architectural Biennale in 2006, and on the Millennium Bridge for the 2012 London Olympics.

Ware produces and presents an ongoing series of events entitled Future of Sound in the U.K. and around the world.

Ware is a Visiting Professor at C4DM at Queen Mary College, University of London, a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a patron of Arts & Business, a member of the LA-based international think-tank group Matter, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, a member of the Writers Guild of America and a founder member of 5D (a US based organization promoting all aspects of immersive design). He also lectures extensively on music production, technology and creativity at universities and colleges across the world including the Red Bull Music Academy.

He is creative director for the world-leading sound-branding agency, Sonic-ID.